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Majority of Americans say US failed in Afghanistan: Pew

Majority of Americans say US failed in Afghanistan: Pew

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May 29, 2015 - 20:33

WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): A majority of Americans believe that the United States has failed in Afghanistaninfo-icon, a latest Pew survey has revealed.

According to a Pew survey, 56 percent of those surveyed said that the US has mostly failed in achieving its goals in Afghanistan. Thirty six percent said the US has mostly succeeded. These views are little changed from early last year, Pew said.

A declining share of Americans sees prospects for long-term stability in Afghanistan. Just 29 percent say it is likely that Afghanistan will be able to maintain a stable government following the departure of US forces from the country. More than twice as many (68 percent) say this outcome is unlikely.

These opinions have become more negative since 2011, when 38 percent saw some likelihood of Afghanistan maintaining a stable government after US forces left the country, it said.

In the survey, majority (58 percent) of Americans support the US drone strikes in Pakistaninfo-icon and other countries. About a third (35 percent) disapproves of US drone attacks, Pew said.

Public opinion about US drone strikes has changed only modestly since February 2013, when 56 percent approved of them. Support for drone strikes crosses party lines, though Republicans (74 percent) are more likely than independents (56 percent) or Democrats (52 percent) to favor the use of drones to target extremists.

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